Key figures per 01.01.2010:
There are 459 000 immigrants and
93 000 Norwegian-born persons with immigrant parents living in Norway. Together these two groups represent 11.4 per cent of Norway's population.
Immigrants and Norwegian-born persons with immigrant parents are represented in all Norwegian municipalities. Oslo has the largest proportion with 27 per cent, or 160 500 people.
Almost half of all the immigrants come from Asia, Africa or Latin-America.
2 in 10 immigrants have lived in Norway for more than 20 years, and 4 in 10 have lived here for 4 years or less.
The Kingdom of Norway
System of government
The Royal Family
Harald V, King of Norway, born 21 February 1937
Sonja, Queen of Norway, born 4 July 1937
Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, born 20 July 1973
Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway, born 19 August 1973
Ingrid Alexandra, Princess of Norway, born 21 Jan. 2004
The Kingdom of Norway: 385 155 km2
Mainland: 323 758 km2 (7.6 per cent protected)
Svalbard and Jan Mayen: 61 397 km2 (57.1 per cent protected)
4 604 800, as of 1 Jan. 2005
Norwegian kroner, NOK
1 USD = NOK 6,27 (Nov. 2004)
Length of coastline
25 148 km, including fjords
Mjّsa, 362 sq. km
Galdhّpiggen, 2 469 m
Inflation rate, 2004: 0,4 per cent
Gross domestic product (GDP), 2003: 1 562 000 mill. NOK
Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, 2003: 342 000
Explanation of Symbols
Category not applicable
Data not available
Data not yet available
Less than 0.5 of unit employed
Provisional or preliminary figure
Editing completed 30 Jan. 2005
Translation: Walter Gibbs
Graphic design: Anisdahl, Sand & Partnere
Printed by RK Grafisk AS
Printed in Norway for free distribution abroad.
Editorial supervision: Solveig Hofossbrهten, Statistics Norway
Published by Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
in cooperation with Statistics Norway
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Fakta om Norge
Innbyggere per km²:
BNP (mill. USD, 2001):
BNP (per innb. USD):
Gjennomsnittlig levealder (2000):
Hans Majestet Kong Harald V
Statsminister Jens Stoltenberg
4 525 000
Norsk (bokmهl og nynorsk)
(samisk er likestilt i noen kommuner)
1 Krone = 100 ّre
17. mai (grunnlovsdag)
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